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Innovative, humorous grammar and academic writing videos and exercises, using a grammar detective to solve mysteries.

Presentation linking several Spanish A-Levels topics and themes: Spain before and after the Democracy, the Civil War,... see more

Demonstration/reading tutorial about how to find a topic in a reading selection by scanning for repeating words, phrases... see more

Demonstration/reading tutorial about how to find the topic of a paragraph by scanning for repeating words, phrases or... see more

Tutorial/demonstration explaining how to find a topic in a paragraph where the repeating word does not appear in every... see more

Demonstration/reading tutorial about how to find a topic in a paragraph where there are some repeating words but the... see more

Reading tutorial/demonstration explaining how to find a topic sentence in a paragraph, where the main idea lives.  This... see more

Zooming presentation slide show (Prezi) explaining how to find the topic in a reading with several demonstration videos.

Reading tutorial/demonstration of how to find the topic sentence in a paragraph, where the main idea lives. This is a... see more

Reading tutorial/demonstration explaining how to find a topic sentence in a paragraph by analyzing each sentence. The... see more

Reading demonstration/tutorial explaining how to make a topic sentence for a paragraph that doesn't have one, in order to... see more

Presentation with 8 strategies for successful introduction paragraphs for college essays.

Using literary maps and photographs, this Library of Congress site documents the connections between America's geography... see more

Video lecture defining a literacy narrative

Literary Elements Unit for Middle School

Presentation on Modal verbs

The 2000 U.S. Presidential race was so close that some Democratic Party officials think a hard-to-use Florida ballot may... see more

The Princeton Dante Project combines a traditional approach to the study of Dante's Comedy with new techniques of... see more

I have always approached creative and personal writing not as “natural talents” that students either have or don’t have,... see more

This is a new site introduced at the 2005 NCTE Conference. "Our primary goal is to publish lessons tested in a variety of... see more

Helps students to create complex research questions

This is a stand alone instructional resource (STAIR) that I created to provide my students with basic comma usage review... see more

A basic introduction with example for the Toulmin argument model

This is a screencast discussing three samples of study tools, a hierarchy, a spider and a web. These are examples of... see more